Chinese ground orchid
Many of the hardy orchids can be a challenge to grow, but Chinese ground orchid is likely the most effortless. The pleated green leaves arise from a pseudobulb in springtime with exquisite orchid flowers appearing in springtime in shades of fuchsia to mauve with the lip being a touch darker. A mass planting of blooming Bletilla stiata is quite a sight to behold!
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, yellow
Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, purple, silver, violet, white
Culture NotesAlthough a site with very hot afternoon sun should be avoided, plant the pseudobulbs about 4 inches deep in full sun to light shade and water regularly during the dry season. Bletilla striata grows best in well-drained soil that is loamy or sandy.
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Plant Type: clumping bulb
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Flower Color: pink, purple
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade
Water Requirements: regular watering